Open to Penn College Undergraduate Students
Submatriculation into the Master of Science in Social Policy Program is an exciting option available to committed, exceptional students in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania who want to undertake policy studies toward an MSSP, starting in the senior year of their undergraduate program.
Requirements for submatriculating into the Master of Science in Social Policy (MSSP) program include:
- application for submatriculation
- application for the MSSP Program
- a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
Please note the following:
- Attainment of the bachelor’s degree is necessary before continuing to the final semester of the MSSP Program. Students will complete the MSSP degree in the semester after the BA is awarded, during which they must be enrolled in a total of five (5) CUs, two of which will need to be within the MSSP program. A total of ten (10) graduate courses must be completed to confer MS in Social Policy.
- The MSSP program does not require SAT/ACT/GRE scores.
- The College requires their students to complete and submit a submatriculation application form along with consultation from the College advising office. This form must also be submitted to the SP2 Admissions Office before the application review process can begin. The form can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or delivered to the Caster Building (3701 Locust Walk).
Students should apply for submatriculation in the spring of their sophomore or junior years. An individual plan of study will be prepared and agreed upon by the appropriate College advisor and the School of Social Policy & Practice to assure the integrity of both degree programs. Submatriculants remain eligible for undergraduate financial aid for the normal eight (8) semesters of the BA program. Submatriculants are not eligible to receive scholarships from the School of Social Policy & Practice. They may, however, apply for federal student financial aid.
Basic Educational Plan for BA/MSSP Degree*
|Senior Year: Fall||Senior Year: Spring|
|MSSP 628: Policy Analysis of Issues, Strategy and Process||MSSP 631: Law & Social Policy|
|MSSP 630: Quantitative Reasoning||MSSP 897: Applied Linear Modeling|
|MSSP 632: Capstone Seminar I: Policy Communication (0.5 cu)|
|MSSP 633: Capstone Seminar II: Policy Internship (0.5 cu)|
|Fifth Year: Fall|
|MSSP 629: Research and Evaluation Design|
|MSSP 668: Economics for Social Policy|
*Any 2 to 4 courses within the MSSP program in the School of Social Policy & Practice may be used toward the undergraduate degree in the School of Arts and Sciences (with the approval of the undergraduate Advisor).